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Flu Vaccination Eligibility 2020

INFORMATION ABOUT ELIGIBILITY FOR FLU VACCINATION 2020

ARE YOU AT RISK FROM THE EFFECTS OF SEASONAL FLU?

Some people are more susceptible to the effects of seasonal flu. For them it can increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, or can make existing conditions worse. In the worst cases, seasonal flu can result in a stay in hospital, or even death. For more information please read below or visit the NHS website page.

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE DIFFERENT VACCINES AVAILABLE:

 THOSE AGED OVER 65 WILL RECEIVE A DIFFERENT VACCINE FROM THOSE AGED UNDER 65 ***

Even if you feel healthy, we strongly advise you to have the seasonal flu vaccination if you fall into any of the following categories:

  • Chronic heart problems, kidney disease or liver disease
  • Chronic respiratory disease including bronchitis or COPD (emphysema)
  • Diabetes
  • Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as HIV, steroid medication or chemotherapy)
  • Stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
  • Chronic neurological condition, for example multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, a learning disability or cerebral palsy
  • Spleen problems, for example sickle cell disease, or if you have had your spleen removed
  • Seriously overweight (BMI of more than 40)

OR

  • You are pregnant
  • You are aged 65 years or over (including those who will be 65 year by 31st March 2021)
  • You live in a residential or nursing home
  • You are the main carer of an older or disabled person
  • You are employed as a carer
  • You live with someone who is at high risk of Coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list) or you expect to be with them on most days over the winter

Children aged 2 to 3

Children born between 01/09/2016 and 31/08/2018 will be invited by letter for a flu vaccination which is given as a nasal spray in both nostrils. Parents can make an appointment with one of the Practice Nurses.

 

Children aged 4 to 9

These children will be offered a flu vaccination at school and will not be vaccinated by the Surgery unless they are in one of the clinical ‘at risk’ categories listed above.

 

Adults age 50-64 yr but not in an ‘at risk’ group

The Government has announced that later in the season the Flu vaccination vaccination programme will be extended to those age 50-64 year who are not in one of the at risk groups listed above – more details will follow when they become available